Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
Original title: O Que E Isso, Companheiro
Brazil/USA, 1997. Columbia Pictures Television Trading Company, Filmes do Equador, Luiz Carlos Barreto Produções Cinematográficas, Pandora Cinema, Quanta Centro de Produções Cinematográficas, Sony Corporation of America. Screenplay by Leopoldo Serran, based on the novel by Fernando Gabeira. Cinematography by Felix Monti. Produced by Lucy Barreto, Luiz Carlos Barreto. Music by Stewart Copeland. Production Design by Marcos Flaksman, Alexandre Meyer. Costume Design by Emilia Duncan. Film Editing by Isabelle Rathery. Academy Awards 1997. Berlin Film Festival 1997. Toronto International Film Festival 1997.
Powerful Brazilian thriller surrounding the events that took place when a group of militant university students in the seventies took an American ambassador in Rio De Janeiro hostage for four days. The kidnappers seem at first to pull it off easily enough, even with the police one step behind them the whole way, but can they survive their bickering and arguing long enough to handle their situation properly and not get caught? That’s for you to see. Central Station star Fernanda Montenegro has a cameo in this film which also stars her daughter, Fernanda Torres.